Bhavana is an Indian actress who is a recognized face in the south Indian film industry. She has done more than seventy-five movies in a decade’s career in multiple languages of Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, and Kannada. She was born on 6th June 1986 in Thrissur district of Kerala as Karthika Menon to G. Balachandran, an assistant cinematographer, and his wife, Pushpa. She has an elder sibling, Jayadev. She attended the Holy Family Girls’ High School in Chembukkavu, Thrissur.
She aspired to become an actress since she was a child, and as a five-year-old, she would often re-enact actress Amala’s scenes from the Malayalam movie “Ente Sooryaputhrikku” (1
991). She was even persistent in trying to imitate the scene where Amala jumps out of a window and breaks her arm. Bhavana’s devotion to acting gave her career wings when she was just in 11th standard at the age of sixteen, and debuted in Kamal’s “Nammal” (2002).
The movie turned out to be a blockbuster, and Bhavana was honored with the Kerala State Film Award – Special Mention. She also received the Asianet Film Award for best-supporting actress for the same. Her first movie in 2002 paved her way for sixteen more in the coming three years, including “C.I.D. Moosa” (2003), “Chathikkatha Chanthu” (2004) and “Daivanamathil” (2005).
For her performance in Daivamathil, Bhavana won the Kerala State Award for second best actress and her second Asianet award for best-supporting actress. In 2006, Bhavana played the lead role of Charumathi in her Tamil debut movie “Chithiram Pesuthadi” for which she was felicitated with the Filmfare Award for best actress in Tamil category.
The movie itself was a grand success and was remade in Kannada, Tamil, and Oriya languages under different titles. In 2010, Bhavana made her Kannada debut as Lakshmi in Duniya Soori’s super hit “
Jackie,” which won the best film award at the South Filmfare Awards. It was screened internationally in the countries of Australia, Germany, the United Kingdom, and the USA. Her other notable works consist of “Vishivardhana” (2011), “
Romeo” (2012) and the popular crime-drama film “
Ivide” (2015). Bhavana recently tied the knot with Dr. Naveen Ramesh Kumar, her film producer from Romeo on 22nd January 2018.
On 17th February 2017, Bhavana became the victim of a tragic incident where she was kidnapped and molested by a gang. She was traveling home from Kochi when a van rammed her car’s rear near Athani, Angamaly, following which, her chauffeur, Martin, got involved in a fight with the three men in the van.
The gang beat the driver and hijacked Bhavana’s car with her as a hostage. They drove around the city for more than hours during which they sexually harassed her and recorded the whole act. They threw her out of the car near Kakkanad and fled. Bhavana later filed an FIR with the police and named her former driver as one of the criminals.
However, she resumed her work within a week. She last appeared as Janaki Devi in “99” (2019), and is currently shooting for her upcoming movies “Inspector Vikram” and “Bhajarangi 2”.